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konboy 03-24-2007 08:14 PM

can a newbie finish a basement...
I want to say thank you to everyone on the forum for the wonderful advice you give to ppl like me.

I just bought a new place and I hope to get some work done on the basement. Put in bigger windows which i think i will let some construction company do for me and then try to finish the basement.... relistically I hope to put a wet bar, laundary room, home theater and an office...

I know I am setting the standards really high but I guess by doing that I might achieve something good.

My question is, can a newbie do this...?

Tscarborough 03-24-2007 08:28 PM

Certainly you can. It is hard work, but it is also very rewarding. The best part is the plan and design, and the worst is some of the slug work that must be done; pure muscle labor.

AtlanticWBConst. 03-24-2007 08:33 PM

Agree with Tscarborough....

Some key points are: planning, foresight, research, design, eye for detail, good communication & organizational skills, patience, etc...

If you are a homeowner and have such natural abilities, then you can do it...:thumbsup:

konboy 03-25-2007 09:10 AM

Thank you for the quick reply.... I want to say I have almost all of the abilities stated and I might probably use this as my work out for a while :). I am working on a floor plan, and some 3D diagrams as well, I will be posting them shortly so I ask more questions.

In the main time, here are some questions I have in mind. In the picture I can obviously see that they have polystyrene insulation put on the wall.

My question is how far from the insulation do I start mounting the frame....

secondly, can I assemble, the frame on the floor and lift it into place?

konboy 03-25-2007 09:12 AM

I was working on posting a picture but it is not ready yet. Sorry... but I post it soon

yummy mummy 03-25-2007 10:29 AM

If I can do, anybody can do it.:laughing:

jcrampton 03-28-2007 02:45 PM

newbie and basements
I agree with YM, if she can do it, anyone can :)

Seriously though, you just need to know when to hire out certain things. If you don't feel comfortable doing a certain job, get some "professional" estimates and compare that with the DIY price (don't forget to factor in "inconvience time"). I, for one, didn't feel too comfortable moving around supply lines and connecting new drain lines, so I hired out. I wanted to add a new bathroom. However, I didn't want to turn my newly remodeled basement into an indoor pool. So, I went the "safe" route and hired a highly-experienced plumber. He let me do the grunt work of jackhammering, which saved me $500+.

I also had the electrical box upgraded so it could handle all the new wiring. Friends and family gave me conflicting opinions on DIY, but I ended up going the "professional" route again. Of course all the interior wiring I'm doing myself.

jcrampton 03-28-2007 02:49 PM

enlarging windows
If your basement is a walk-out, this step is a little easier vs. a fully below grade basement.

A concrete cutting contractor will charge you at least $500 to just show up. I wanted to enlarge the 3 windows in my walk-out, and decided I didn't want to fork over the $1000-2000 they wanted. So, I rented a concrete saw with diamond blade for a day for $80. My brother and I knocked the job out in 6 hours.

yummy mummy 03-28-2007 03:03 PM

[quote=jcrampton;38712]I agree with YM, if she can do it, anyone can :)

You do stand up too?

jcrampton 03-28-2007 03:08 PM

watch out or I'll reopen the vapor barrier issue!

yummy mummy 03-28-2007 03:10 PM

Atlantic won't be happy.

And by the way, my vapor barrier issue was not my issue. It was Atlantic and someone else.

AtlanticWBConst. 03-28-2007 06:41 PM


Originally Posted by yummy mummy (Post 38717)
Atlantic won't be happy.

And by the way, my vapor barrier issue was not my issue. It was Atlantic and someone else.

you started it...:tt2:

yummy mummy 03-28-2007 07:38 PM

I'm a bad mummy......:laughing:

konboy 03-31-2007 08:00 PM

This is the picture of the basement
This it picture of the basement... I have not started with it yet:( I am currently working on the exterior paint job and I am almost do. The house is radiant heated so there are not too many pipes down there. I dont want to make any holes in the floor or in the wall to fasten the frame... what are my options. As you can see the place is very dry, and I want to make sure I leave it like that :).

yummy mummy 03-31-2007 08:32 PM

Looks like a very nice large space.

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